Running is good for the soul, according to St. Williams Church in Walled Lake, which is hosting its first 5K run called “Strides for SOUL” on Saturday, Aug. 6 at 10 a.m.
Support Our Unique Learners (SOUL), a non-profit organization, is organizing the event to benefit special needs children.
“We send money to support any special education learner in a private school setting,” said SOUL President Annette Liike. “We provide support services so these students are successful.”
St. Williams is currently home to 12 special education students.
“Private schools don’t allow kids with special needs because of the costs involved, but if the costs are provided, they will let children attend,” Liike said. “This event helps with these costs.
“Father Michael (G. Savickas of St. Williams) is a firm believer that a disability shouldn’t prevent a student from attending a private school,” Liike said.
The race will begin at St. Williams Church, located at 531 Common Street, near the intersection of Pontiac Trail and Maple.
Registration costs are $25 per person. Those who register before Thursday, Aug. 4 receive a free T-shirt by visiting www.active.com.
“The goal is to raise $10,000,” Liike said.
So far, 200 have signed up to participate. Prizes will be awarded to various winners.
The St. Williams Dad’s Cub will be providing refreshments following the race. Proceeds benefit SOUL.
Those who opt not to run but still want to make a donation can visit www.supportouruniquelearners.com.